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Mexico flu toll rises to 60

world Updated: May 14, 2009 07:40 IST
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The toll in Mexico's swine flu outbreak has risen to 60, Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos said.

A total of 2,386 people have been infected with the influenza A(H1N1) virus, also called swine flu.

The symptoms of the flu include headache, high body temperature, muscular pain and breathing difficulty, among others. Many of those who died have been infected with the virus before April 23, the minister said at a press conference Wednesday.

The government has declared a state of emergency following the outbreak of the disease.

Cordova said many of the infected people have been from the poor urban areas.

The tourism industry has been badly hit by the swine flu outbreak as tour operators have cancelled or postponed their scheduled activities.

The World Health Organisation said 5,728 people in 33 countries have been infected with the deadly virus so far.